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Random Texas Sights

We have had such beautiful weather for the last couple weeks in East Texas.

Oak Tree Against Blue Sky
Oak Tree – not a straight branch on them

I love the mighty oaks; even when they are bare.

Cedar Waxwing - Oak tree covered in mistletoe
Cedar Waxwing – Oak tree covered in mistletoe

Mom and Dad have kind of a sun room that overlooks the lake.  We watched this Cedar Waxwing for probably 10 minutes though the window.  He (she?) is so camouflaged that he was hard to spot.  We’d never seen one sit that still before.  He is eating the white berries off the mistletoe.

Clouds change the tone
Clouds change the tone

I am an auto-focus photographer and I found it interesting how different the coloring was between these two photos.  I’m pretty sure the second was taken when a cloud was in front of the sun.

Turtle
Turtle in Houston County Lake

Dad and Don took me out in the Bass Tracker on a turtle hunt.  Well, they were actually graphing fish.

There are lots of crappie fishermen on the lake.  And, no, that is not a statement about their skill.  Crappie is a fish.  Although I don’t know how many they’re catching. 🙂

Businessman has his priorities straight
Businessman has his priorities straight

Sunday: Go to church

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Backyard Birds of East Texas

Sorry about the lack of posts lately (for those who care).

One of my favorite things to do is spend time with my parents.  I admit that I’d rather do that than post on my blog since we only get to visit them, maybe, once a year.

But I’d like to share some of the beautiful backyard birds we’ve seen daily in their East Texas yard.

Finch
Finch

These little finches are everywhere.  I thought I kept seeing yellow on them, as they flitted by, but didn’t realize how much until I grabbed a shot.

Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Red-Bellied Woodpecker

I think there are several kinds of woodpeckers around here.  I’ll keep trying to capture the others.

Mockingbird
Mockingbird

The mockingbirds are probably 2nd to the finches as far as numbers go.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

The Cedar Waxwings are around more than I see.  I think they have striking colors.

Male Bluebird
Male Bluebird

The bluebirds are courting and scouting for the right nest box.  The males chase the females, and fluff up their feathers at her, to show off their colors.

Female Bluebird
Female Bluebird Looking for the Right House

It was icy when first got here but the weather has warmed up.  On the west coast I get to enjoy beautiful sunsets over the ocean.  Here, in East Texas, I am enjoying beautiful sunrises over Houston County Lake.

Sunrise Fish Ring
Sunrise Fish Ring

I keep telling my fishermen that they’d see more action if they got up earlier.

Lunker!
Lunker!

But they’ve managed to catch a few without my sage advice.